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Great Expectations at SWCC

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Great Expectations is a program offered at community colleges across Virginia, created to benefit students who are or have been affiliated with the foster care system.

Who is eligible?
Individuals ages 17-24 who are aging out of the foster care system.

What services are provided?
A Great Expectations Counselor works directly with the participants throughout their time at SWCC. in the following ways:

  • Help applying for college admission and financial aid
  • Personalized counseling
  • Career exploration and coaching
  • Networking with student and adult mentors
  • Accessing life skills training, including managing finances
  • Accessing individualized tutoring
  • Accessing an internet-based resource center,
  • Accessing funding to assist with emergencies, fuel, food and job shadowing costs

Do you know someone who has been in foster care or kinship care?
Would you like to refer someone to the Great Expectations program? If so, please contact Denise Miller in Buchanan Hall, room 140 at 276.964.7653 or via email at

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